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Latest health advice and information on service disruptions.


You can apply for most of the benefits mentioned in this section online. If you can't use a computer at all, or have reading or learning difficulties, call us on  0191 433 4646.

The government has announced a package of additional support for some people on benefits and for those in receipt of Council Tax Support and more information about this will be available soon.

The Department of Work and Pensions have published some advice about coronavirus and claiming benefits. You can view this on the Universal Credit website.

You must tell us about any changes in your circumstances that have happened since you applied, or while you've been receiving benefit. If you or your partner is approaching state pension age then please read our Housing Benefit guidance for mixed age couples.

Benefits: report a change in circumstances
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Information about Housing Benefit and how to apply.
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Information about Council Tax Support and how to apply.
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See how much Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support you could claim.
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If you are on means tested benefits you may be entitled to crisis support via the Local Discretionary Payment Scheme.
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Universal Credit replaces individual benefits with a single monthly payment.
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If you are struggling financially, get advice and apply for help with your rent.
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Find out how to challenge a decision about your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support.
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How to report benefit fraud in Gateshead in confidence.
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Find out about free school meals and school transport for your children.

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